restored in 2022 by Macron?

FOOD CHECK. The ration check could be returned if Emmanuel Macron is re-elected. The LREM candidate would like to bring it back for the humblest households.

[Mis à jour le 24 mars 2022 à 09h52] Time abandoned by the President of the Republic, the ration check could very well return in 2022 if the LREM candidate runs for a second term. Emmanuel Macron did not rule out the idea at the France Bleu microphone on Tuesday, March 22. This statement echoes his first statements, dated December 2021, when the latter was already considering restoring the food check for the most modest households in the face of rising inflation. This time, the announcement takes the form of a campaign promise, a new presidential candidate’s proposal ahead of the first round of the presidential election, scheduled for April 10. “I want to create a meal voucher to help the humblest families and the middle class meet these extra expenses.“, Emmanuel Macron said during this interview with France Bleu, before refining his program before adding that he wants to “encourage buying sooner on short notice and buying French.”

The stated goal of the citizens’ climate convention was to allow the acquisition of “sustainable products (from agroecology, short circuits)” can be read incongress final report. In mid-December, the president of the republic then promised to implement this project before the congress of citizens: “You are right. We will do it.” The project, finally abandoned after Bruno Le Maire, the economy minister, admitted that the device would not see the light of day immediately as reports were yet to be made. Asked by RMC on March 23, the president of the FNSEA, the main farmers’ union, backed the project, calling it a “good idea” at the dawn of the new raises. “It’s not just fuel. Wheat has doubled,” said Christiane Lambert at the RMC microphone. There will be a shortage in some countries. We will have a price increase. It’s a good idea to help the most unreliable.” Who may be eligible for a food voucher? How much will it be? Who will be responsible for distribution: CCAS, CAF? So far, these issues have not yet been resolved.

The Family Benefits Fund does not issue food stamps nationwide. At the local level, certain food aid schemes can be implemented. It is advisable to contact the social action department of your foundation. On its dedicated website, Caf de Saône-et-Loire highlighted the implementation of a one-off aid in April 2020 to help the poorest people buy basic food. The device was then targeted to family allowance, APL, RSA and activity bonus recipients.

CCAS may play a central role in the distribution of future food stamps. The Ministry of Economics defended in any case in 2021 the idea that the municipal social action centers provide distribution (read below). In fact, CCAS already plays a critical role in the most unreliable. They can indeed provide assistance either in the form of in-kind assistance (food parcels) or financial assistance (school meal assistance, food vouchers or vouchers, personal support check, etc.).

Wondering if your municipality issues food stamps? Check with your CCAS because devices vary from one locality to another. For example, in the Somme department, CCAS of the city of Albert has established vouchers worth 25 euros since June 2020. The number of vouchers varies depending on the composition of the household from 4 to 7 vouchers “distributed over a period of 2 months with the possibility of renewal”.

The amount of the food check is not yet known. So far, only the MP from Paris, Munir Mahjoubi, has submitted a quantitative proposal with a check, the price of which will be between 30 and 60 euros per month per family. “The total budget could then grow from a few hundred million to two billion euros,” said the Ouest-France MP in February 2021. “Subsequently, this will come into conflict with other proposals, such as specific allocations for the Covid period. This is the whole subject of discussions that take place at the government level,” he added at the time. The powerful agricultural union FNSEA offers a device that will allow you to spend 5 euros a day. Invited by Jean-Jacques Bourdain on April 21, 2021, Julien Denormandy advanced the amount 50 euros per month.

If Emmanuel Macron is re-elected and establishes this new policy, food testing should be a tool aimed at the most disadvantaged people. Emmanuel Macron spoke about the “lower classes” and “middle classes” at the France Bleu exhibition on March 22, 2022. What will be the criteria? Will there be a basic income tax threshold that must not be exceeded? At the moment, these issues have not yet been considered in arbitration. At this stage, several leads are on the table. In 2021, the Ministry of Economy championed the idea that the system be transferred to the Municipal Social Action Centers (CCAS), thus targeting 5 million beneficiaries, which was also presented by the Citizens of the Civil Convention in their report.

Minister of Agriculture, he was more inclined to help “young people or families with children with low incomes” in the form of a check or a card. The idea is also supported by the MP of Paris, Munir Mahjubi, who defends a project close to that of Julien Denormandy.

Charities, they estimate the number of potential beneficiaries is much higher, at 8 million people. More than a million French people have used food banks since the start of the health crisis last March, according to a survey by the CSA Institute. “Having less than a million beneficiaries would be useless; the real goal is from six to eight million,” MP Munir Mahjubi said in an interview. Western France Spring 2021.

Will young people be the first beneficiaries of Emmanuel Macron’s food voucher? Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie, invited by Jean-Jacques Bourdain on April 21, 2021, said he supported him, but indicated that the arbitration had not yet taken place. “We didn’t finish the job today,” he admitted, when decisions should have been made at the end of March. “Today, the number of people affected by this food inequality is 8 million. For me, the priority among them are young people, 18-25 years old.” He also let slip that there was a sum of 50 euros on the table.

Here, too, the list should soon be the subject of arbitration. In their report, Citizens of the Climate Convention defend a device that allows the purchase of “sustainable products (from agroecology, short circuits)”. “The term ‘sustainable’ is commonly used to refer to the 50% of foods that must be part of meals in a collective diet (…) under the EGALIM law,” we read.

“The LREM group offers meal vouchers (…) [qui] will allow the purchase of virtuous foods as stated in the Egalim law: fresh foods with a quality mark – organic type or labels – with the priority of fruits and vegetables,” Munir Mahjoubi explained to the regional daily newspaper Western France. “Opening up to other more expensive products will not necessarily be significant in the family basket. For us, 85% of the money invested will have to go back to the farmers. However, we are well aware that in some working and urban voters who have few sales in the KZ or on the farm, it won’t work if we don’t work with big retailers.”

The scenario advocated by Bursi, which proposes that this competence be assigned to CCAS, is also in this vein. “Therefore, the state will pay for the difference between a normal food basket and a basket that meets the sustainability criteria (organic, red label, IGP, etc.) defined by the Egalim law of 2018,” can be read in Echo.

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